Taiwan’s government has condemned Beijing as a “dictatorship” on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
In a statement, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) that is Taiwan’s top government body in charge of mainland China affairs, said the country’s communist party had “imposed a one-party dictatorship for 70 years, a concept of governance that violates the values of democracy, freedom and human rights”.
The MAC added that China’s “shouts about a struggle for unity, great revival and reunification are only an excuse for military expansion, seriously threatening regional peace and world democracy and civilisation”.
Earlier today, President Xi Jinping said China would promote peaceful relations with Taiwan and “continue to strive for the motherland’s complete reunification”. Beijing claims the self-ruled island of Taiwan as part of its territory, to be reunified by force if necessary.
“The lifeline of the survival and development of mainland China is not tied to one person and one party,” the MAC said, stressing that Taiwan would not be “bullied” into accepting China’s territorial claims.
The MAC also said Taiwan would never accept the “one country, two systems” model proposed for the island by Beijing. The model is current in place in Hong Kong and Macau.